Monday, February 23, 2009
The Arlington County Police Department's First District is experiencing a rash of fraud cases and identity theft. These cases often involve home repair scams, individuals knocking on doors asking for a glass of water, or claiming that their car ran out of gas and they need a few dollars, ACPD has reported.
In one case a resident lost over $100,000 in a scam involving fraudulent home repairs that did not take place. The victims of these incidents have primarily been our senior citizens, an email to various civic associations said.
Arlington police Det. Crystal Nosal said the police are investigating.
Police warn with the warm weather around the corner, solicitors may come around your neighborhood looking for work or offering to repair driveways, landscaping, roofs and mortgage refinancing to pay for the repairs. When in doubt please check with the State Consumer Affairs at 1-800-552-9963.
Remember if you see suspicious activity in your community please call the Police Departments non emergency number at 703-558-2222.
The Arlington Sheriffs Office is offering a program called “Safety for Our Seniors” the objective is to check on the physical welfare of registered seniors living alone or disabled. If you know of a senior citizen that should be a part of this program, please have them call 703-228-4460 to register.
The First District includes much of north Arlington, including Arlington Forest, Ashton Heights, and Buckingham.
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